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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Margaret Willison chat about why they love audiobooks, and share a few of their favorites.

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Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event. Then they'll discuss Lifetime's new scripted drama UnREAL, a biting look at a reality show that closely resembles The Bachelor. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) catch a ride on the Train of Thought in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out.

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Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Disney and Pixar film Inside Out. Spoiler alert: they all loved it, and Stephen cried. Then they'll discuss the romantic lives of moms and dads, and whether if pop culture can let those things coexist. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Jurassic World

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the new super-mega-blockbuster dinosaur movie Jurassic World. They'll talk about fun dino stuff, a great performance from a guy in glasses, and two main characters who are severely underwritten.

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Melissa McCarthy in Spy.

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Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the new action comedy Spy. They'll chat about the film and why collaborations between Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig work so well. Then they dive into other actor/director collaborations, and what it means to be a muse. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Sense8

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix sci-fi series Sense8.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: All About Romance Novels

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All About Romance Novels

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Petra Mayer, Barrie Hardymon, and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books sit down for a discussion of romance novels. They'll chat about how they discovered the genre, what kind of romances they like, and romance fandom. Then, the gang's romance knowledge is tested in a silly quiz. Finally, they'll offer a multitude of recommendations for new and longtime romance readers.

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Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the CBS reality show The Briefcase--a series they both really, really hated.

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Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the new Disney film Tomorrowland. Then they'll discuss visions of the past and if they are any less of a fantasy than our visions of the future. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the end of Mad Men and if Don, Peggy, and Joan get the endings they deserve. Then they'll look back at David Letterman's late night career and share some of their favorite memories. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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